Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 - March 15, 1937) was an American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction. Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, but his ideas and works, including the Cthulhu Mythos, have become hugely influential. His starkly bleak philosophy informs every tale he wrote. Lovecraft emphasized the absolute insignificance of humanity and its ignorance of the forces governing an incomprehensible and terrifying universe.
Stories to help you understand the background of The Call of Cthulhu.
At the Mountains of Madness is a novella by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, written in February/March 1931 and originally serialized in the February, March and April 1936 issues Astounding Stories. It has been reproduced in numerous collections since Lovecraft's death. The story is considered by Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi to represent the decisive "demythology" of the Cthulhu Mythos.
Azathoth is a fictional deity in the Cthulhu Mythos stories of H.P. Lovecraft and other authors. Its epithets include The Blind Idiot God, Nuclear Chaos and the Daemon Sultan.
Dagon is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft, written in July 1917, one of the first stories he wrote as an adult. It was first published in the November 1919 edition of The Vagrant (issue #11).
H. P. Lovecraft wrote this brief pseudo-history of the Necronomicon in 1927, which was then published in 1938 after his death.
Nyarlathotep is a short story by H.P. Lovecraft written in 1920, and first published in the November 1920 issue of The United Amateur. It is the first mention in fiction of the Cthulhu Mythos entity Nyarlathotep.
The Call of Cthulhu is one of H. P. Lovecraft's best-known short stories, first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in February 1928. It is the only story penned by Lovecraft in which the extraterrestrial entity Cthulhu himself makes a major appearance. It is written in a documentary style, with three independent narratives linked together by the device of a narrator discovering notes left by a deceased relative. The narrator pieces together the whole truth and disturbing significance of the information he possesses, illustrating the story's first line: "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is a novella by H. P. Lovecraft written in early 1927, set in Lovecraft's hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. It was first published (in abridged form) in the May and July issues of Weird Tales in 1941 under the title The Madness Out of Time; the first complete publication was in Arkham House's Beyond the Wall of Sleep collection (1943).
The Crawling Chaos is a short story by H.P. Lovecraft and Winifred V. Jackson first published April 1921 in the United Cooperative.
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath is a novella by H. P. Lovecraft. It was completed in 1927 and was unpublished in his lifetime. It is both the longest of the stories that comprise his Dream Cycle and the longest of his stories to feature protagonist Randolph Carter. The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath combines elements of horror and fantasy into an epic tale that illustrates the scope and wonder of Carter's dreams.
The Haunter of the Dark is a horror story in the Cthulhu Mythos genre written by H. P. Lovecraft in November 1935, and published in the December 1936 edition of Weird Tales (Vol. 28, No. 5, p. 538-53). It is a sequel to The Shambler from the Stars, by Robert Bloch, and Bloch wrote a third story in the sequence, The Shadow from the Steeple, in 1950.
The Nameless City is a horror story written by H.P. Lovecraft in January 1921 and first published in the November 1921 issue of the amateur press journal the Wolverine. It is often considered the first Cthulhu Mythos story.
The Shadow Out of Time is a short story by American horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft, written between November 1934 and February 1935 and first published in the June 1936 issue of Astounding Stories.
Sometimes I believe that this less material life is our truer life, and that our vain presence on the terraqueous globe is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon.
H. P. Lovecraft
Beyond The Wall of Sleep
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